Reforming Intelligence: Russia’s Failure

Issue Date July 2006
Volume 17
Issue 3
Page Numbers 72-85
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The origins of today’s Russian intelligence services suggest that their transition to real democratic civilian control—which has yet to happen—is likely to be anything but easy. While the last months of the Soviet Union’s existence saw the splitting of the KGB into several agencies, there has been no basic change in either the personnel of the state-security establishment or the its broad scope of responsibilities. Nothing about the underlying situation will change until the Russian people face the malign role that spies and secret police responsible only to some supreme leader have played in their country’s history.

About the Author

Mikhail Tsypkin is associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. This paper represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of the Navy or any other agency of the U.S. government.

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